Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In Search of a Writing Group

I tried out a new-to-me writing group this weekend.

This was a general group, not one geared to a specific form or genre of writing. It's not a critique group.

It was…okay.

Not great, not terrible. (I've been a part of great writing groups and I've sat in with terrible writing groups.)

Here's the thing I've found when I'm trying to find a writing group (or event):  I tend to get a bit of a Goldilocks complex. One is too boring, while another is too competitive.

I'm looking for one that's "just right".

That's hard to find.

So what am I looking for in a group?

1) Energy

I prefer groups where people write A LOT.  I like people who do, rather than people who talk about writing, research writing, have never written, or haven't written in decades.

2) Knowledge

I like being a sponge. I enjoy groups where people are more adept at something than I am. Doesn't matter if it's writing setting, or has worked as an EMT, or runs a street team. I want to learn.

3) Questions

Show me a group whose members ask more questions than toot their own horns and I'm in.


I didn't really find those qualities in this group, BUT I did find ONE person who I think would be a good fit. We're getting together for coffee soon.

Which brings me to my point about writing groups (or conferences): the group (or event) may not be what you're searching for, but if you look hard enough, you can usually find ONE person to connect with and that can make even a terrible group worth the time.

Tell me Killer Friends: Are you part of a writing group? Have you ever been a part of one? What are some qualities you look for? What are some things people should avoid?







2 comments:

B.E. Sanderson said...

I've tried out a couple online writing groups. The first only for a few weeks. The other for almost a year. Neither ended well. Which has made me gun-shy.

Of course, shortly after I started writing, I moved out to the country where there aren't really groups of writers getting together. I went to online groups because I just wanted to hang out with people who understood this crazy business we love and who helped each other become better writers, maybe with a little fun thrown in for good measure. If I could find that without the catty-ness of the first group or the politics and backbiting of the second group, that would awesome. And I think I have found it by creating my own circle of writing friends. It's not a large group, but the people in it are awesome.

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